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LPWA: the advantages and disadvantages of early market entry

Michele Mackenzie Principal Analyst

LPWA technology will connect IoT and M2M devices that require either two or more of the following: low-power consumption, low-cost modules, high propagation and wide-area coverage.

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The low-power, wide-area (LPWA) market is a promising opportunity for mobile network operators (MNOs) – we forecast that the market will have 3.6 billion connections worldwide by 2023. MNOs must carefully consider whether they enter the market now (using pre-standard solutions) or wait for up to 2 years for the 3GPP to agree standards. This report discusses the LPWA market and assesses the choices that MNOs face.

THIS STRATEGY REPORT:

  • assesses the go-to-market options for MNOs in the LPWA market
  • evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of entering the market before a non-standard technology is available
  • discusses the implications of waiting for an LPWA standard to emerge and how long that might take. 

COMPANY COVERAGE

  • LoRa Alliance
  • On-Ramp Wireless
 
  • SIGFOX
 
  • Telensa

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Selected early LPWA market applications and their key requirements


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